Lipid organization and the morphology of solid-like domains in phase-separating binary lipid membranes

V. D. Gordon, P. A. Beales, Z. Zhao, C. Blake, F. C. MacKintosh, P. D. Olmsted, M. E. Cates, S. Egelhaaf, W. C. K. Poon

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Abstract

In multi-component lipid membranes, phase separation can lead to the formation of domains. The morphology of fluid-like domains has been rationalized in terms of membrane elasticity and line tension. We show that the morphology of solid-like domains is governed by different physics, and instead reflects the molecular ordering of the lipids. An understanding of this link opens new possibilities for the rational design of patterned membranes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L415-L420
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Volume18
Issue number32
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2006

Keywords

  • PHOSPHATIDYLETHANOLAMINE BILAYERS
  • TRANSITIONS
  • FLUID
  • DYNAMICS
  • VESICLES
  • PHOSPHOLIPIDS
  • CONFORMATION
  • EQUILIBRIA
  • MICROSCOPY
  • MIXTURES

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